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Book Donation/Purchase Guidelines: The library does not make the decision to carry a book because we are offered a free copy. With hundreds of thousands of books being published (many self-published), there is no such thing as a “free book” for a library. Before any item can be put on the shelf it must be selected, ordered, cataloged, a record must be added to the library’s online system, and the items must be processed (including RFID tag) and made ready for the shelf. Therefore, offering us a “free copy” is not a major consideration when determining whether material will be accepted by the Library.
If you donate a free copy of your book, please consider that donations become the property of the Library to use, distribute and dispose of as we deem appropriate. Donated copies will not be returned to the author if not added to the collection.
What We Look For: The Flagstaff Public Library selects books containing content that is written for the general reader rather than for the specialist or professional. Books that we will consider for the collection:
How to Let Us Know About Your Book: The best way to bring your book to our attention is through professional reviews. A positive review in one or more of the review journals, such as Library Journal, School Library Journal (for children's books), Publisher's Weekly, Booklist or the local newspaper will give your book a better chance of being bought by our library (and other public libraries as well).
The Flagstaff Public Library cannot purchase books using a
credit card. If we need to purchase the book directly, authors
and publishers must fill out the City of Flagstaff vendor
paperwork and be prepared to wait for payment. This is another
good reason to have the book available through one of our